Guide to Detroit Art Gallery Exhibits
Guide to Detroit Art Gallery Exhibits
Calling All Art Lovers in Metro Detroit
Detroit has a rich history in the arts. Noted in the music scene as the birthplace of ‘Motown” and “Techno.” Detroit continues to fuel the fire of the arts and bring unique and bold pieces to fruition. The following galleries and exhibitions showcase local artists and those from around the world.
Detroit Institutes of Arts – 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit
- Celebrating el Dia de Muertos 2018
October 12th 2018 – November 11th 2018
In celebration of Dia de Muertos, the Detroit Institute of Arts, in partnership with Detroit’s Mexican Consulate, invite you to explore a community exhibition of ofrenda altars. In Mexico, and other Latin American countries, the Day of the Dead is the time of the year to celebrate the lives of close relatives, friends or community members who have passed away.Objects important to lost loved ones, such as favorites foods, drinks, mementos and pictures, are collected and incorporated into elaborate displays that include pan de muerto (bread of the dead), sugar skulls, candles, flowers, papel picado (paper cutouts) and other decorations. Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos will be on view during regular museum hours and are included with general museum admission.
- Asian Galleries Opening
November 4th 2018 – September 30th 2019
The gallery for Chinese art invites visitors to take part in a long tradition of active viewing, whether by immersing themselves in historical paintings or by leaving their mark on a digital handscroll. Joining the recently opened gallery for Japanese art are galleries dedicated to Chinese, Korean, and Indian and Southeast Asian art, and Buddhist art across Asia.In the new Asian galleries, visitors will learn about many philosophies and systems of belief that have shaped arts and cultures across Asia. The presence of contemporary Asian art and modern technology in these spaces invites visitors to make meaningful connections to our world today.
- Lost & Found
August 26th, 2018 – March 3rd, 2019
Subjects from everyday life, local architecture and portraits are included in this exhibition that presents found photography drawn from the DIA’s and private collections in the U.S. Found photography is considered by museums and collectors as an “accidental” art form created by unknown and often untrained photographers. Rediscovered and recovered from flea and antique markets, online resale sites, in attics, yard sales or even found in the trash, found photography speaks to past eras, people and place with a naïve or unintentionally artistic approach. Highlights from this exhibition include selections from the James Pearson Duffy collection of photographs – Duffy, a local collector and amateur photographer, made over 500 snapshots of Detroit taken in the early 1970s.
K.OSS Contemporary Art – 1410 Gratiot Avenue
November 2nd, 2018 – December 29th, 2018
Larry Cressman will be showing several large-scale installations and framed works. Cressman graduated with an MFA in drawing and printmaking from the University of Michigan.His work is comprised of the patient accumulation of hundreds of sticks and twigs in intricate patterns that both delight and defy the viewer’s eye. Cressman’s work has evolved considerably through his exploration of drawing as a three-dimensional form of expression.
Library Street Collective – 1260 Library St
- Say It Loud
October 27th, 2018 – January 12th, 2019
Tiff Massey introduces a solo exhibition of new works by Detroit-based multi-disciplinary artist. Massey’s work ranges from wearable sculpture to large-scale public works and performance. She is the first African-American woman to graduate from Cranbrook, and has been consistently influenced by 1980s hip-hop culture, African art and Japanese fashion. In creating pieces meant to be worn as well as large-scale jewelry and interactive works, she involves the viewer in their experience, bringing dialogue about space, the body, and racial and gender politics.
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit – 4454 Woodward
- Pocket Size
September 7th, 2018 – January 6th, 2019
Featuring small-scale sculpture, architecture, painting, and recreations of historical events. Pocket Size invites the viewer to peer into uncanny worlds which are simultaneously familiar and strange, comfortably twee, inviting, and at times unsettling.Pocket Size is presented inside of the Mobile Homestead—a full-scale model of Detroit-born artist Mike Kelley’s childhood home, located on the grounds of MOCAD—created to serve as a community gallery and gathering space.
N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art – 52 E Forest Ave
- Mitli Mitlak:Like You, Like Me
September. 14, 2018- Jan. 5th, 2019
The artists of Mitli Mitlak (Like you, Like Me) communicate through a variety of media delivering messages rich in thematic subjects. One theme that dominates the refugee experience, that of landscape arrives on canvas where architecture, political apparatuses and history are dismantled with the destructive revelry of a toddler. The theme of landscape is revisited by several participants with such concerns as the constant metamorphosis of social structure, moving boundaries between capitalism and culture, war, and the facets of the human psyche.
- Open Scene
September 14th, 2018 – January 5th, 2019
Manuel Lopez Oliva is one of the active painters most recognized and authentic of Cuban art. There is a particular mixture in his art between meaning and the visual structure. Theater expressions and masquerade form part of his artistic language. For him the theatre exists in carnival too, in rituals and ceremonies where mask become a real face. This way, he establishes a link between spectator and symbol, but he makes life become an animated representation of its sentry, as well as the ancient legends which govern the human behavior.
Simone DeSousa Gallery – 444 W Willis St
- You Can Never Go Home Again
October 20th 2018 – November 24th 2018
Solo Exhibit by Kate Silvio, her work greatly focuses on the fabrication of sculptural steel sculpture that have evolved to include rubber, felt, bronze castings and wood due to an inherent need for the expansion of visual language and the physical limitation of pregnancy. The overarching scope of her work reflects on the female experience and the reflection on the evolution of a life under the shadow of anxiety. Through the lens of a woman on the cusp of what society defines as “middle age,” Silvio presents a body of work that explores past projections of one’s future self, self-acceptance, and the experience of motherhood, in a context felt as both ripe with new life and haunted by thoughts of squandered self potential.
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